Chris Bashaw is the volunteer head coach of Guntersville High’s cross country and track teams.
That means a lot of afternoons of practice and meets both spring and fall.
He works at TS Tech as a project manager on the Honda Odyssey seat. His company believes in its employees participating in community service and they’ve been good to work with him on the time required to be a coach.
“My normal hours to work are 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.,” Bashaw said. “If I have a lot going on, I have been known to go in at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. or I come back at night after practice.”
Each “group” at TS Tech participates in community service and Bashaw’s coaching goes right along as a community service project.
It is truly a labor of love for Bashaw.
“I told Supt. Brett Stanton when it feels like coaching is becoming a job, I will quit,” Bashaw said.
He ran track himself at Guntersville High School, graduating in 2000. Cross country was just starting back after a long hiatus and he did not participate in that.
His events included the 400 meter run, 4x400 relay, 4x800 relay and high jump.
“I’m passionate about all the track events, but I’m really passionate about those events,” Bashaw said.
He has been coaching track now for 16 years.
He said it’s not just him. Guntersville has a long, proud history of volunteers being involved in the sports program.
“How many years did Jessie Swords volunteer with the football program?” Bashaw said. “Mike Jones has been a part of the girls soccer program probably for as long as I have been involved in track. Zach Ross has really made a difference in boys soccer the last 5 years. I’m sure there are others.”